Curly Koa & Ebony Cane

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Project by mmh posted 10-22-2008 06:46 AM 5276 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cane handle is made from a nice piece of Curly Koa and I wanted to mimic the traditional hound’s head cane that were once very popular. I’ve seen some elegant ones carved from ivory and some real doggy dog head ones carved from whoknowswhat, so my challenge was to create a cane that looked elegant, not doggish. I did not want to do a detail carving of a hound’s head, but to have a stylized feel for the curves and lines with just a hint of the traditional design. Some people see a different form than the hounds’ head, so let your imagination go. Let me know what forms and figures you see.

The collar is made from Brazilian Ebony and the shaft is Sapele.

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 07:31 AM

Fascinating piece. I’d like to see more of that type of work.


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#2 posted 10-22-2008 10:02 AM

Another very interesting cane. Dog face is a very popular item for a cane head and you have done it successfully. You could have made the eye look a little more evident to bring life in the face. What is used for the finish?

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 01:42 PM

That is a very elegant cane. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 05:09 PM

HA HA HA! I know what you’re trying NOT to say. I am trying to create cane handles that are comfortable yet aesthetically appealing. Sometimes they get a little more phallic than I intend and even my husband has commented “What are you thinking Girlfriend?!!”, but I’m REALLY not making my designs in that direction intentionally. Honest! It just happens to be a shape that is comfortable and strong and good looking, so sometimes I have to add some hard angles. Oh dear. I’m concerned that if I shave off too much at the end I lose the strength at a weak point. I may have to add an “eye” as suggested.

But on an historical note, there are those ladies “leg” canes that DOM (Dirty Old Men) used to carry around and fondle, so maybe a more masculine version can be a modern counterpart?

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#5 posted 10-23-2008 05:33 PM

Great wood. Looks sorta like a ducks head….

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